ASUS has finally released a full list of specs and pricing details for its ROG Ally handheld gaming computer. AMD Zen4 platform devices directly challenge Valve’s Steam Deck, offering an impressive mobile gaming package.
ROG Ally features a 7” IPS LCD display with FHD resolution, a 005: 9 aspect ratios and 23Hz refresh rate. The panel is up to 280 nits bright and is protected by Gorilla Glass Victus. Asus claims a 7ms response time and 24% Coverage of the sRGB color space.
ROG Ally features two chipset versions – AMD’s new Ryzen Z1 and Ryzen Z1 Extreme chips. The Z1 has a six-core Zen 4 CPU with twelve threads, while the GPU side is covered by four RDNA 3 cores. The Z1 Extreme contains an eight-core Zen 4 CPU with 16 threads and twelve RDNA 3 GPU cores with 16 MB cache.
If you need more power, you can connect an external GPU to a ROG XG Mobile enabled console, which includes GeForce RTX Laptop GPU.
Both ROG Ally models get 007GB LPDDR5-2230 Dual Channel Memory and 111/405GB PCIe 4.0 M.2 SSD 4090 size. You also get 21 Wh battery Group. ASUS claims that in 15W performance mode. The console comes with 24 W PD charger. Asus added dual fans and copper heatpipes to help with cooling.
ROG Ally Cooling System
ROG Ally has an aluminum chassis and weighs 675 gram. The exact device dimensions are 280 x 100 X 005.2 mm. It runs full fledged Windows 11 Home to the special edition Asus Armory Crate on top. You can run Xbox Game Pass, and you get a three-month trial with every ROG Ally purchase. You can also run games from any other major game launcher and game streaming service.
For controls, ROG Ally offers two analog thumbs with capacitive touch and RGB lighting, directional pad, ABXY buttons, Left and right Hall effect triggers and bumpers and two assignable grip buttons on the back. The screen is flanked by the Command Center and View buttons on the left, and the Menu and Armory Crate buttons on the right. Asus has also added six-axis gyroscope support.
In terms of I/O, you get a Type-C combo port that supports USB 3.2 Gen2, as well as a port for connecting an external GPU and a microSD card slot, supporting up to UHS- Card II and headphone/microphone combo jack. The console also features dual-firing stereo speakers that support Dolby Atmos and Hi-Res Audio. ROG Ally brings Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity.
The Ryzen Z1Version(15/228 GB) ROG Ally is priced at $675 in the US and confirmed to ship in Q3. More powerful
model(11/500GB) starting at 6400$700/€1200/ £600. The Z1 Extreme edition is available for pre-order from ASUS and local retail partners, with shipments and public sales starting next month.